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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 11:35 GMT 12:35 UK
Depp film hit by blaze
Johnny Depp
Pirates Of The Caribbean stars Johnny Depp
A fire at the Walt Disney studios has caused $350,000 (£224,000) of damage to sets for the new Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Although no-one was injured in the blaze, on one of the eight sound stages at the studio in Burbank, California, the cause of the fire is unknown.

However fire chiefs believe that materials used to construct sets for the film, due to begin shooting next month, may have been to blame.

"They were making foam sets of some type," said a spokesman for the Burbank fire department.

"The cause is under investigation, but it's going to lay somewhere in the building or carving of the sets."

Poisonous fumes

Nearby buildings were evacuated due to the presence of the foam materials on set, which have the potential to give off poisonous fumes when burning.

It was estimated that $50,000 (£32,000) worth of damage was caused to the sound stage and $300,000 (£192,000) worth to its contents, including water damage.

None of the other sets or stages at the studio were damaged.
Orlando Bloom
Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom also stars

A spokeswoman for Disney said it was unsure whether the filming of Pirates Of The Caribbean, based on the popular Disneyland theme park ride, would be affected.

However, she added that the studio still planned to have the film ready in time for its planned release in summer 2003.

"We may have to make some alternate plans, but it won't affect the production timetable," she said.

The film will star Orlando Bloom as a young British man who teams up with an honourable pirate, played by Depp, to save the woman he loves from the clutches of an evil pirate, Captain Blackheart.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush will star as Captain Blackheart, while the female lead has yet to be cast.

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